Programming alert: 'Countdown to UFC 141' debuts Dec. 21 on Fuel TV
Countdown to UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" will debut on Weds., Dec. 21, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET on Fuel TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and ex-Strikeforce 265-pound kingpin Alistair Overeem.
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MMA Quick Quote: Nate Quarry wants back in the UFC
Former UFC middleweight mauler Nate Quarry states his case on The Underground for the position of "on-air personality," which the promotion may need in light of its recent expansion across three channels on the FOX network. Quarry, famous for his exciting fights and ability to take punishment, might have taken enough beatings to last him a lifetime. Now that he's enjoying retirement and putting more work into his Zombie Cage Fighter line, it looks like he's gunning for another go-round with the world's largest fight promotion.
Eliot Marshall announces UFC release
Following a close decision loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 137, Eliot Marshall has announced his release from the UFC.
The light heavyweight confirmed his release via Twitter.
Marshall, who surprisingly was cut from the UFC's roster after a respectable 3-1 run in 2010, concludes his latest stint with a 0-2 mark.
"Well, it's official," Marshall wrote. "I have been released by the UFC."
With first amateur fight at 11, Brad McDonald one TPF 11 win away from UFC
Before long, Brad McDonald and I were talking about snakes. Specifically, how to catch them.
"First you have to find one," McDonald told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's the hardest part, really."
Let me stop and explain. McDonald and I were talking about his life growing up in Modesto, Calif., with two older brothers in what would eventually become an MMA-focused family. The youngest, McDonald never had his own bedroom, always sharing, so he liked to spend time outside.
He likes animals. He even liked chasing them. The hardest, he said, were snakes.
I needed to know more.
"You look under logs, branches, wood," he said. "You take off your shirt, and you throw your shirt on it, or they'll bite you. You don't want that."
Chael Sonnen denies Munoz fight next, eyes Bisping vs. Miller winner
Chael Sonnen wants to fight Anderson Silva like Wanderlei Silva loves kneeing fighters in the face.
But instead, it has been widely reported that Chael's next fight is vs. Mark Munoz at UFC on FOX 2, Jan. 28 in Chicago.
However, in an interview with FightHubTv, Sonnen flatly denied that that is his next fight. "I have no fight with Mark Munoz," said Sonnen. "My next fight will be based on, I don't know how much I can say, but I'll be watching the TV Saturday night, put it that way."
The implication of course is that Sonnen will be facing the winner of the main event between Michael Bisping and Jason Miller at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass Slated for UFC on Fox 2
An interesting lightweight match-up has been verbally agreed to for the second UFC on Fox event, scheduled for January 28th at the United Center in Chicago. ESPN UK reports that British submission wizard, Paul Sass, will meet well-rounded Xtreme Couture product, Evan Dunham
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" No More
ncer Bruce Buffer calls former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz‘s name in Toronto next weekend, for the first time in forever, he won’t be calling out “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
Ortiz, who faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the main card of UFC 140, is moving on from his younger days of talking trash on opponents to build fights and putting his old moniker to bed.
He’s now fighting for his fans, his family, and for the future, putting the negativity behind him.
“No longer the bad boy, positive from here on out. I’m now the ‘People’s Champ,’” Ortiz told MMAWeekly Radio.
Teammates Face Off at TUF 14 Finale
Two featherweights will get new life in the UFC after suffering defeats on The Ultimate Fighter 14 when the meet in the finale.
American Top Team fighter Marcus Brimage will face fellow housemate Stephen Bass in a featherweight bout on the night’s card.
Originally from Alabama, now training out of the famed academy in Florida, Marcus Brimage had less experience than many of the fighters going into the show, but didn’t hesitate to face anyone once he got there.
Brimage fell to veteran fighter Bryan Caraway in his opening fight after making it into the house, but he still became a key training partner for many of his teammates on Team Bisping throughout the remainder of the season.
Two Bantamweight Bouts Added to TUF 14 Finale
A pair of bantamweight bouts have been added to The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale taking place Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Dustin Pague, who made his way to the semifinals of the show before losing to eventual finalist T.J. Dillashaw, will get back in action against fellow cast member John Albert.
In addition to Pague vs. Albert, fellow semifinal competitor Johnny Bedford will face Louis Gaudinot at the finale.
Both fights were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-ups taking place this weekend in Las Vegas.
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1
A heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC's debut on FUEL TV.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Dave Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1. MMAWeekly.com initially reported the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host.
Main-card fights air live on FUEL TV, though broadcast plans haven't been announced for the preliminary card. It's not clear if Herman vs. Struve will be part of the main card.
Brett Rogers sentenced to 60 days in jail for assault
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers was sentenced to 60 days in jail for a domestic-assault incident with his wife in June, according to a report today in the "St. Paul Pioneer Press."
Rogers in September pleaded guilty to a single count of felony third-degree assault. Two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation and stalking were dismissed, as was a gross misdemeanor charge of endangering a child.
Bellator's Maiquel Falcao returns home from hospital, denies reports of heart attack
Onetime UFC vet Maiquel Falcao has returned home from the hospital and is now resting at home.
And while initial reports suggested "Big Rig" had suffered a heart attack, Falcao now says his hospitalization was simply the result of some overtraining, and he expects a quick return to action.
In fact, the recent Bellator signee said he's looking forward to making a run in the promotion's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament.
Sources: Rashad Evans, Phil Davis set
Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will meet in a light heavyweight bout slated for Jan. 28.
The fight, which multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com, will take place at UFC on Fox 2, the promotion's second show on the network.
It's not the first time the UFC has booked this matchup. The two were scheduled to meet in August at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, but that bout fell through when Davis suffered a knee injury.
Evans (16-1-1) will look to solidify his place as the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds. He's currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a second-round TKO win over late-replacement Tito Ortiz in August.
Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah added to UFC 143 in February
Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez takes his second attempt at a UFC win when he meets Amir Sadollah at February's UFC 143 event.
UFC officials today announced the new welterweight booking.
UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
UFC 140: Four Prelim Fights to Air on ION Television
As Spike TV's relationship with the UFC winds down towards expiration at the end of the year, the channel will still broadcast a prelim special for UFC 141, but UFC 140, which takes place in two weeks, was left off their schedule. Fortunately for fans, ION Television will step in and broadcast four live preliminary fights on the UFC 140 card in Toronto.
Heavy.com was the first to report the broadcast plans, and the four featured bouts will be: Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou, John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman, and Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson. The ION broadcast will kick off live at 7PM ET on December 10th, two hours before the pay per view main card at 9PM ET. The UFC has previously aired prelim fights on ION for UFC 125 and UFC 127.
Pyle vs. Thiago, Broughton vs. Oliveira official for UFC 142 in Brazil
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Mike Pyle and Paulo Thiago is now official for UFC 142.
Additionally, a heavyweight affair between English slugger Rob Broughton and Brazilian newcomer Ednaldo Oliveira will also take place at the event. UFC execs today announced both contests.
UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha, Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola added to UFC on FX 1
The fight bookings are coming fast and furious.
UFC officials today announced a pair of new fights for UFC on FX 1, as Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Vagner Rocha (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ryan Jimmo (16-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will each take place at the Jan. 20 event.
Additionally, a pair of bouts previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) were also confirmed, as Reza Madadi (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Rafaello Oliviera (14-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) faces Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC).
Featuring a headliner of Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller, UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez to headline Feb. 15 UFC event on FUEL TV
A key welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has been scheduled for February.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Ellenberger and Sanchez will headline an as-yet-unannounced fight card expected to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
While UFC brass have yet to make an official announcement, additional sources indicated that the event will likely take place in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Neb., and air on FUEL TV.
Omaha's 18,000-seat CenturyLink Center (formerly Qwest Center Omaha) is said to be the leading candidate to host the event, but venue officials declined to comment on the potential booking.